Monday November 5, 1:04 PM EST
LONDON, Nov 5 (Reuters) - Green activists said on Monday they will descend on hundreds of Esso garages across Britain and Ireland on December 1 to urge motorists to boycott the oil giant because of its stance on global warming.
"In the UK, we've just experienced the warmest October on record. But Esso, like the tobacco companies who denied cigarettes cause cancer, still denies fossil fuels cause global warming," the Stop Esso co-ordinator Cindy Baxter said.
The Stop Esso Day will involve environmental groups, political parties, transport campaigners and student groups along with members of the general public, said Baxter.
"It will be a totally peaceful event and we hope to target hundreds of Esso stations," she said in a statement.
This is the latest action in a co-ordinated campaign in the UK that has invoved high profile celebrities like Bianca Jagger and pop star Annie Lennox.
Esso's parent company U.S. oil giant Exxon Mobil (XOM) has come under fire from environmental groups and politicians across the world for opposing the Kyoto Protocol -- the global treaty on climate change. They allege that intense lobbying by powerful firms like Exxon led to the United States pulling out of the treaty earlier this year.
Exxon denies it is unconcerned by global warming and says that it is tackling the issue by working with the car industry to develop more energy efficient vehicles and cleaner fuels.
Some other major oil companies have publicly supported the pact that seeks to limit the emissions of climate warming gases.
Environment ministers are currently meeting in Marrakesh, Morocco to finalise the treaty even without the United States, the world's largest carbon dioxide producer.